According to his agent, Eden Hazard is deciding on his future and will make his decision before 2nd June after agreeing terms with all the three clubs. The three clubs are believed to be Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Manchester City – the newly crowned Premier League champions – and Chelsea – the European champions – both present Hazard with a great proposal which would see him earn a huge wage compared to what he would earn at Manchester United and would also provide him with a chance of competing for the Premier League and Champions League title which he would also get at Manchester United but not with Lille. But personally I think he should choose Manchester United as his next destination, not because I am an United and I want to see him at Old Trafford but because it would be perfect for both the club and the player.
Why Eden Hazard is perfect for Manchester United?
With all the goal scoring threat and the fire power that is mainly associated with Manchester United, its very hard to think that the Red Devils lost the Premier League title just because Manchester City had a better goal difference. It’s not that their strikers let them down but its was mainly because of the lack of a playmaker with a goal scoring ability.
Eden Hazard would be the perfect answer to the problem. That is if he decides to join Manchester United. To be honest, Manchester United have never replaced Cristiano Ronaldo when he left for Madrid three years back. Since his departure, United have always missed a player who could create and score goals. Eden Hazard seemingly fits the same category as Cristiano Ronaldo. His abilities would be welcomed by Sir Alex Ferguson as he looks to address the lack of creativity in the centre of midfield. Beyond the abilities possessed by Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes, United need a X-factor which they have lacked since the departure of the Portuguese skipper. Not only have they missed the flair and the X-factor that the Portuguese possessed, they have also missed his goals. Beyond Wayne Rooney’s 27 in the league campaign only Javier Hernandez has managed double figures with 10 goals in 28 appearances, while Danny Welbeck has just nine goals to his name from 30 games. Hazard has the flair and trickery like Ronaldo but his 17 goals in 37 Ligue 1 games this season also tell us about his goal scoring abilities. Like Ronaldo, Hazard primarily operates on the wide areas and possess pace and trickery which allows him to cut inside to speed through midfield and trouble the defence. United already have Valencia and Nani/Young on the wings, so if Hazard does come to United he will play more centrally as Ferguson did with Ronaldo.
One thing for sure, the Belgium star would get more money at Chelsea or City but he would be more used on the flanks at the Stamford Bridge club and even at City. At Chelsea, with the likes Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda both expected to leave this summer, the next Chelsea manager or Roberto Di Matteo could use Eden Hazard to provide the width and may also play Juan Mata more centrally. At City, Mancini may permanently move David Silva or Samir Nasri in the centre of the midfield and if Adam Johnson leaves this summer because of the lack of opportunities at the Etihad Stadium then Eden Hazard could well be a great option on the wings.
If you see the following attack charts (thanks Sam Cunningham and Dominic King at the Daily Mail), Hazard is very similar to Cristiano Ronaldo. He is capable of attacking from almost anywhere on the field and could really be a great option for Manchester United in the middle just behind Wayne Rooney. At the same time, he would also take some burden off Wayne Rooney’s shoulder of scoring goals.
Why Manchester United is perfect option for Eden Hazard?
Love it or hate it but Manchester United is one of the most famous clubs in world football. Signing for the Red Devils would make Hazard one of the most famous footballers in the world and a global icon because of his talent, skills, enthusiasm and the fair he brings to the game.
United have a number of great youngsters like Javier Hernandez, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Anderson, Rafael, David De Gea and add Hazard to that and United could be dominating English and European football for many years to come. The list doesn’t even include the likes Wayne Rooney, Nani, Antonio Valencia or Nemanja Vidic.
On footballing terms, moving to Manchester United will always be a smart move. He would be the club’s main man around whom the team would be built, he would be played more centrally which would allow him to get involved in the game more and score or create more goals. Keeping in the mind the history of the club he would get more chances of winning trophies at Old Trafford than any other club. He would also be developed by one of best managers in world football and would be regularly playing in front of 76,000 fans at Old Trafford.
On financial terms, he would be paid less in wages than what he would be paid at City or Chelsea. But overall he would earn more or almost similar at Old Trafford than what he would earn at Chelsea or Manchester City because of the brand that Manchester United is. Signing for Manchester United will bring him more sponsors like what happened with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney when they signed years back. If he gets the famours no.7 jersey that was previously worn by the likes George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, then he would be a global superstar. This move would also please Nike, who are the club’s sponsors as well as Hazard’s sponsors and may even give the player a big new contract.
Finally, playing for Chelsea or Manchester City will give him fame but only in England or maybe in Europe but Manchester United is global brand that has a great support not only in England and Europe but also in Asia and America. I hope Hazard keeps all this in mind and makes the right decision about his future.